But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

At the End of Days, immediately after the Battle of Ha-Megiddo (Armageddon, Gog and Magog or Ezekiel-38 War)—in which Messiah defeats Antichrist and his confederacy—is the Resurrection, heralding the 1000-year reign of Messiah.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The 7th Millennium

[Image: Clarence Larkin images are in the Public Domain]
Most striking, watching the videos below from this most learned of Jewish men, is the similarity of what he says and what Messiah Yeshua ministered in His Word — BUT — how Messiah condensed it so eloquently and precisely, as recorded in the Gospels, and interpreted in some of the epistles? These videos inform us of the Judaism which Yeshua is a part. Rather than discount them, we can “massage” them into their rightful place along the Words of the Lord. Judging from Midrash and other teachings (videos below), Orthodox Judaism appears less clear on the Resurrection than either the Gospels or New Testament Epistles.

Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

The Jew has distilled the essence of the Almighty, by lending their heart and their ear to Him through millennia of trial and tribulation. They have, of course, along the way, seen mishaps and slips, many of which are still awaiting correction. One might surmise that during the Babylonian exile, with no temple and exposed to foreign custom for 70 years, therein crept some of the takkanot, major legislative enactment within halakha (Jewish law) — the normative system of Judaism’s laws—that added or took from Torah. Over time, these Takkanot may have only served to alienate the modern, and now secular, Jew from true Torah keeping. This is precisely what Yeshua warned the Pharisee of His day:

15 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. 12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

If you are a Jew and have some concerns about Rabbinic Judaism, I hereby dare you to read chapter 23 of the book of Matthew (Shem Tov Hebrew Matthew). That’s not a dare out of arrogance on my part, for I have no arrogance to part with. Rather, it’s a call to the Jew to do his or her own historical legacy justice. When the Jew returns to Torah—no less and no more— then they will be fulfilling their eternal destiny: a nation of priests unto the nations.

The Beginning and the End

Take a piece of rope and bring the two ends together, allowing the remainder to fall into a loop.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

At this point it may be worthwhile reading Four Views on the Millennium.

See also this timeline.

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